Sleep apnea is a serious sleep disorder that puts patients at a significant risk for other health issues. The disorder occurs when the patient’s mouth or throat relaxes too much while they sleep, which effectively blocks their airway and leaves them unable to breathe. In addition to the health risks associated with not getting enough sleep, there are also risks specific to those suffering from sleep apnea.
Those who go untreated for this sleep disorder run numerous risks, since sleep apnea causes a four times higher risk of stroke, and a three times higher risk of heart disease. In fact, the National Commission on Sleep Disorders Research reports that about 38,000 deaths occur every year that are linked to cardiovascular problems related to sleep apnea. So how can you help yourself and lower the risks that come with sleep apnea? Read on for three treatment options that will help you out!
CPAP machines were the original treatment for sleep apnea. Their tested and true technology has been used for decades to help people manage their sleep disorder. It uses continuous airway pressure to keep the airway open throughout the night, not allowing the throat to close.
The BIPAP machine is the updated version of the CPAP machine. Often, those using this type of machine are custom fitted for a mask, and they sleep with the mask covering the majority of their face. Like the CPAP, it uses continuous airway pressure to ensure you stay asleep.
REMStar Plus is basically another reboot of the CPAP machine. Researchers and doctors have updated the previous technology to make it more comfortable than ever to use for a prolonged period of time. Since many people eventually stop using their treatments because of discomfort, this eases patient concerns!
Have you tried out any of these treatment options? Do you have a favorite? What is the biggest thing you look for in a treatment program?